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Turkish Airlines to showcase its sustainability initiatives and new destinations

2022 "Bio Fuel" special livery

Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline will be highlighting the use of sustainable aviation fuel and new destinations at the Arabian Travel Market 2022 including flights to Seattle. Visitors to the Turkish Airlines stand will also enjoy a host of activities, including flight simulations to explore Istanbul attractions virtually.

The flag carrier is highlighting sustainable aviation fuel at ATM prompted by the awareness of the effect the aviation sector has on climate change and hopes to help reduce the carbon footprint of its customers. Sustainable aviation fuel reduces emissions by 87 percent and comes with high energy that helps reduce harmful particles of SOx and NOx emissions due to clean burn. It is produced from sustainable raw materials and devoid of harmful heavy metals.

Turkish Airlines sustainability initiatives will enable the carrier to further expand its route network and achieve a further growth in both passenger and cargo transport. The carrier has initiated over 100 operational optimization projects since 2008 to lessen its carbon footprint and will continue to implement techniques to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

The airline recently celebrated its 40-year anniversary of flying to the UAE in synergy with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Now with an advanced hub and superior facilities, Turkish Airlines’ goal remains to continue expanding globally by increasing both its destination and fleet numbers, while providing passengers with unparalleled customer service in-flight and on the ground. The Airline is renowned for providing more legroom, better onboard catering and enhanced in-flight entertainment options

The modern airport lounges in the carrier’s hub align with the Turkish Airlines’ brand of luxury and offer travellers a more rewarding airport experience. When flying with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul Airport, Business Class passengers and Economy passengers with Miles&Smiles membership can use either the Business Lounge or the Miles&Smiles Lounge depending on their eligibility, or they can use the Domestic Lounge for domestic flights.

The Business Lounge features 13 private suites, shower cabins, a Turkish museum, a movie hall, and a variety of delicious Turkish food, the lounge offers world-class refinement and promises a one-of-a-kind experience. The Miles&Smiles Lounge is open 24 hours and has a cinema, console gaming, spacious children’s playground, meeting rooms and a library. It houses 11 suites with showers, comfortable couches and delicious Turkish and world cuisines.

Turkish Airlines, which became a member of the world’s largest airline network, Star Alliance, is all geared-up to showcase many reasons for its continued success at the Arabian Travel Market. The carrier recently increased the frequency of its flights from UAE to its Istanbul hub which connects travellers to 329 destinations worldwide (279 international and 50 domestic) while maintaining the utmost care for a safe and healthy travel experience. 

Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL TC-JSU (msn 6709) (Bio Fuel) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 957533.

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American Airlines celebrates 250,000th veteran to participate in the Honor Flight Program

2022 "Medal of Honor" special livery - "Flagship Valor"

American Airlines joined elected officials, team members and volunteers in Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate a historic milestone for the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing veterans with once-in-a-lifetime trips to visit the nation’s capital and the memorials erected in honor of all those who have worn the U.S. military uniform. To commemorate the occasion, American also announced a donation of 15 million AAdvantage® miles to support and sustain the Honor Flight Network’s ongoing mission.

A milestone flight in honor of our heroes

On May 2, Flagship Valor — American’s newly dedicated Airbus A321 aircraft, which serves as a flying tribute to recipients of the Medal of Honor — departed from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport with the 250,000th participant in the Honor Flight program, two Medal of Honor recipients and more than a hundred World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.

 

Medal of Honor recipient Jim Taylor welcomes more than 100 World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans at PHX before boarding the milestone Honor Flight to the nation’s capital.

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema helps American’s all-volunteer flight crew care for Honor Flight participants while inflight from PHX to BWI.

The 250,000th veteran to participate in the Honor Flight program arrives on Flagship Valor to a hero’s welcome at BWI.

The veterans were accompanied throughout their journey by Honor Flight guardians and other volunteers, including American team members and U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, who helped pass out refreshments and care for those on board while in flight.

“I’m honored to participate in this week’s hero’s welcome celebrating and thanking Arizona veterans for their service and sacrifice to our state and country. I’m grateful for Honor Flight Network’s and American’s efforts in honoring veterans and bringing them to our nation’s capital,” Sinema said.

On arrival at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, American team members provided a hero’s welcome — complete with a water cannon salute and cheering crowds — as participants deplaned for two days of activities.

Supporting future Honor Flight missions

The following day, Honor Flight Network leadership and volunteers; U.S. Senators Mark Kelly and Jerry Moran; U.S. Congressman Mark Takano; Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Donald Remy; and former Senator Elizabeth Dole, gathered with the veterans at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the program’s milestone achievement.

 

Honor Flight Network Board Chairman Matthew Shuman welcomes American leadership, elected officials, volunteers and veterans to an event at the World War II Memorial celebrating their historic milestone.

Honor Flight participants tour the monuments and memorials built in honor of their service and sacrifice.

Hundreds attend the May 3 event at the World War II Memorial to commemorate the Honor Flight Network’s milestone achievement.

“Since launching in 2005, the Honor Flight Network has carried more than a quarter-million veterans on flights to Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, there are still more than 50,000 veterans across the country with an expressed and time-sensitive desire to participate in a future mission,” said Matthew Shuman, Chairman of the Board for the Honor Flight Network.

To help the Honor Flight Network achieve its mission, American announced it will donate 15 million AAdvantage miles over three years to support and expand the reach of the program.

“The American Airlines team takes great pride in serving veterans on the many Honor Flights operated annually to our nation’s capital and in caring for all those who have and continue to serve in the U.S. military,” said Nate Gatten, Chief Government Affairs Officer for American. “It is our hope that such a contribution can help the Honor Flight Network fulfill its mission of celebrating America’s veterans, ensuring each experience the honor, gratitude and support they deserve.”

Celebrating Military Appreciation Month

Throughout May, American is celebrating the service and sacrifice of U.S. service members and their families through one-of-a-kind experiences across the country. Later this week, American will host Salute to the Troops in partnership with the USO — flying 20 service members battling cancer from Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, to Walt Disney World with their families for a weekend of memories and fun. Then, in support of Seats for Sailors and Armed Forces Day, American will treat sailors from Naval Medical Center San Diego to a VIP experience with the Texas Rangers. American will also sponsor a similar experience at Rangers Stadium for Gold Star families from North Texas in commemoration of Memorial Day.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N167AN (msn 7013) (Medal of Honor) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 404152.

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JetBlue announces a new tentative agreement on negotiations with TWU

"Fly Like You Mint It"

JetBlue Airways has announced it has reached a new tentative agreement with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) for JetBlue’s inflight crewmembers.

“We’re pleased to share that the JetBlue and TWU negotiating committees have reached a new tentative agreement,” said Ed Baklor, head of customer care and programs, JetBlue. “Our inflight crewmembers have been on the frontline supporting and protecting JetBlue’s operation and our customers through the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am proud of the TWU and JetBlue teams for recognizing our environment and coming to the table with solutions. We look forward to bringing this contract to a vote with our inflight crewmembers.”

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N993JE (msn 814) (Prism) LAS (Gunter Mayer). Image: 955790.

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Wizz Air to open its 7th base in Italy at Venice, adds new routes to Jordan

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LTH (msn 8724) FCO (Richard Vandervord). Image: 956221.

Wizz Air has announced the opening of its seventh Italian base, at Venice Marco Polo Airport.

With 2 Airbus A321neo aircraft in one of Italy’s most important aviation markets, and with the launch of 4 new domestic services and 12 international destinations to 9 countries, Wizz Air continues to grow its Italian offer in order to provide passengers with a wide variety of destinations.

Wizz Air started flying to Italy in 2004, and since then has carried over 40 million passengers to and from Italy on its over 200 routes.

The establishment of Wizz Air’s newest base in Venice Marco Polo airport, which follows the opening of six bases (Milan Malpensa, Catania, Palermo, Bari, Naples and Rome Fiumicino) of the airline in Italy within just one year, underpins Wizz Air’s commitment towards the country.

The 2 Airbus A321neo aircraft will support the operations of 16 routes to Cagliari, Naples, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Casablanca, Reykjavik, Mykonos, Santorini, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca, Tallinn, London Luton, Tel Aviv, Prague, Sharm el Sheikh. Wizz Air’s extensive Venice network will support local tourism, bring more capital to the region as well as connect Venice with 3 new and exciting, currently unserved destinations such as Reykjavik, Tallinn and Fuerteventura. Wizz Air already operates 10 services from Venice Marco Polo airport to Catania, Tirana, Chisinau, Skopje, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Timisoara, St. Petersburg and Kyiv Zhulyany.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM VENICE MARCO POLO

DESTINATION DAYS LOWEST FARE*  STARTS
VENICE – CAGLIARI Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 19.99 EUR 3 March 2022
VENICE – NAPLES Daily 19.99 EUR 3 March 2022
VENICE – LAMEZIA TERME Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9.99 EUR 3 March 2022
VENICE – LAMPEDUSA Wednesday, Sunday 19.99 EUR 6 March 2022
VENICE – CASABLANCA Monday, Wednesday, Friday 29.99 EUR 4 March 2022
VENICE – REYKJAVIK Tuesday, Saturday 29.99 EUR 2 April 2022
VENICE – MYKONOS

 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 19.99 EUR 1 April 2022
VENICE – SANTORINI

 

Tuesday, Saturday 19.99 EUR 2 April 2022
VENICE – PALMA DE MALLORCA

 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 19.99 EUR 1 April 2022
VENICE – FUERTEVENTURA

 

Thursday, Sunday 29.99 EUR 3 April 2022
VENICE – TENERIFE

 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 29.99 EUR 31 October 2022
VENICE – TALLINN

 

Monday, Friday 19.99 EUR 4 March 2022
VENICE – LONDON LUTON Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 14.99 EUR / 12.99 GBP 3 March 2022
VENICE – TEL AVIV Tuesday, Saturday 19.99 EUR / 79 ILS 2 April 2022
VENICE – PRAGUE Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.99 EUR / 259 CZK 1 April 2022
VENICE – SHARM EL SHEIKH Tuesday, Saturday 29.99 EUR / 35.99 USD 1 November 2022

* One-way price, including administration fee. One carry-on bag (max: 40x30x20cm) is included. Trolley bag and each piece of checked-in baggage is subject to additional fees. The price applies only to bookings made on wizzair.com and the WIZZ mobile app. Number of seats at indicated prices are limited.

In other news, the company has also announced new routes from Amman to Rome, Milan, Vienna and Budapest.

In addition, the airline will also fly from Aqaba to Rome, Vienna, Budapest and Bucharest.

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LTH (msn 8724) FCO (Richard Vandervord). Image: 956221.

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Finnair’s August traffic was up 38.1% versus 2020, up 24.6% over July

Finnair Airbus A321-231 WL OH-LZU (msn 8401) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 954917.

Finnair issued this traffic report for August:

Continued improvement in most passenger traffic figures although the COVID-19 pandemic impact still visible in August, another strong month for cargo

In August, Finnair carried 266,500 passengers, which was 38.1% more than in August 2020. The COVID-19 impact was already clearly visible then as Finnair operated a limited network due to strict and extensive travel restrictions. The number of passengers in August 2021 was 24.6% more than in July 2021.

The COVID-19 impact, including the strict travel restrictions imposed by several countries, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was particularly visible in the North Atlantic and Asian figures.

The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) increased in August by 63.3% year-on-year and by 17.0% month-on-month. Finnair operated 127 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average, which was 9.5% more than in August 2020 and 19.8% more than in July 2021. The differences between capacity figures compared to August 2020 are explained by the longer average stage length of flights operated and by the larger gauge of aircraft operated. Finnair’s traffic, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs), increased by 64.6% year-on-year and by 15.9% month-on-month. The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) increased by 0.3% points to 42.0% year-on-year but decreased by 0.4% points month-on-month.

The ASK increase in Asian traffic was 7.4% year-on-year. In North Atlantic traffic, the ASKs increased by 100.0% as there were no passenger flights in August 2020. In European traffic, the ASKs were up by 28.8%. The ASKs in domestic traffic increased by 0.4%.

RPKs decreased in Asian traffic by 12.9% year-on-year but increased in North Atlantic traffic by 100.0%, in European traffic by 53.6% and in domestic traffic by 14.4%.

The PLF was 19.7% in Asian traffic but it was supported by the strong cargo operations and a high cargo load factor. The PLF was 28.3% in North Atlantic traffic, 63.0% in European traffic and 71.6% in domestic traffic.

Passenger numbers decreased in Asian traffic by 11.5% year-on-year but increased in North Atlantic traffic by 100.0%, in European traffic by 43.7% and in domestic traffic by 5.5%.

In August, available scheduled cargo tonne kilometres increased by 127.7% year-on-year (increased by 7.0% month-on-month) and revenue scheduled cargo tonne kilometres increased by 99.2% (increased by 0.2% month-on-month), both due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scheduled flights especially in North Atlantic traffic in August 2020. Cargo related available tonne kilometres increased by 81.9% year-on-year (increased by 1.1% month-on-month) and revenue tonne kilometres increased by 70.5% (decreased by 5.5% month-on-month) and they both also include the cargo-only flights operated mainly between Europe and Asia as well as Europe and North America. Cargo-only tonnes were up by 11.1% year-on-year but down by 19.2% month-on-month. The total cargo tonnes increased by 61.9% year-on-year but decreased by 5.1% month-on-month. Demand for the cargo capacity remained strong especially in Asian traffic. As a result, the cargo load factor remained high.

In August, 90.7% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (96.0%).

Traffic statistics for September 2021 will be published on Thursday 7 October 2021.

Finnair Traffic Performance August 2021
Month % Change YTD % Change
Total traffic
Passengers 1,000 266.5 38.1 1,031.2 -66.6
Available seat kilometres mill 1,103.8 63.3 4,666.6 -58.3
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 463.9 64.6 1,605.1 -79.0
Passenger load factor % 42.0 0.3p 34.4 -33.8p
Cargo tonnes total 6,557.1 61.9 53,784.6 11.7
Available tonne kilometres mill 194.1 53.6 1,229.1 -36.0
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 90.1 67.9 540.7 -45.7
Asia
Passengers 1,000 Asia 7.9 -11.5 38.3 -92.0
Available seat kilometres mill Asia 298.8 7.4 2,000.7 -61.5
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Asia 59.0 -12.9 288.4 -92.2
Passenger load factor % Asia 19.7 -4.6p 14.4 -56.5p
Europe
Passengers 1,000 Europe 197.6 43.7 657.0 -64.1
Available seat kilometres mill Europe 458.2 28.8 1,687.7 -62.2
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Europe 288.4 53.6 935.2 -67.5
Passenger load factor % Europe 63.0 10.2p 55.4 -9.1p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1,000 North Atlantic 11.8 100.0 24.1 -70.7
Available seat kilometres mill North Atlantic 304.6 100.0 654.6 -22.9
Revenue passenger kilometres mill North Atlantic 86.2 100.0 175.4 -72.9
Passenger load factor % North Atlantic 28.3 N/A 26.8 -49.4p
Domestic
Passengers 1,000 Domestic 49.2 5.5 311.8 -55.2
Available seat kilometres mill Domestic 42.2 0.4 323.6 -52.0
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Domestic 30.2 14.4 206.1 -49.8
Passenger load factor % Domestic 71.6 8.8p 63.7 2.8p
Cargo Traffic
Europe tonnes 220.6 -37.2 1,495.8 -81.2
North Atlantic tonnes 1,706.3 100.0 4,051.0 59.4
Asia tonnes 2,998.4 34.5 20,621.9 -16.6
Domestic tonnes 28.2 11.4 216.1 -1.1
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes 4,953.5 90.1 26,384.7 -25.5
Cargo flights tonnes** 1,603.6 11.1 27,399.9 115.9
Cargo Traffic tonnes total 6,557.1 61.9 53,784.6 11.7
Available tonne kilometres* mill 66.4 81.9 495.9 -5.5
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 48.8 70.5 398.0 26.5
Available sched. cargo tonne kms* mill 50.9 127.7 241.5 -40.7
Revenue sched. cargo tonne kms mill 35.9 99.2 189.4 -14.9
Cargo load factor* % 73.5 -4.9p 80.2 20.3p
– North-Atlantic cargo load factor* % 63.9 N/A 67.8 1.5p
– Asia cargo load factor* % 83.3 -6.2p 85.6 26.5p
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor* % 70.5 -10.1p 78.4 23.8p

* Based on average operational cargo capacity

** Including purchased traffic

  • Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = points).
  • Available seat kilometres. ASK: Total number of seats available. multiplied by the number of kilometres flown.
  • Revenue passenger kilometres. RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometres of available seat kilometres.
  • Available tonne kilometres. ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Revenue tonne kilometres. RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne kilometres of available tonne kilometres.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A321-231 WL OH-LZU (msn 8401) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 954917.

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Wizz Air expands in Skopje and Ohrid

Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXA (msn 6848) CFU (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 954825.

Wizz Air has announced four new routes from North Macedonia to Italy, Germany and Denmark – Skopje to Bologna and Turin– Italy, Skopje to Billund – Denmark, and Ohrid to Friedrichshafen, Germany. The first flights to all destinations will depart in December 2021.

The new routes will add up to the existing services already operated from both Skopje and Ohrid airports and will restate the airline’s commitment to offering Macedonian passengers flights to diverse destinations. The new services to Bologna, Turin, Friedrichshafen and Billund will start being operated thanks to the allocation of the 5aircraft to the Wizz Air base in Skopje.

    THE NEWEST WIZZ AIR ROUTES FROM NORTH MACEDONIA

ROUTE DAYS STARTING FROM FARES FROM
Skopje – Bologna Wednesday, Sunday 19 December 2021 19.99 EUR / 1229 MKD
Skopje – Turin Tuesday, Saturday 18 December 2021 19.99 EUR / 1229 MKD
Skopje – Billund Thursday, Sunday 19 December 2021 19.99 EUR / 1229 MKD
Ohrid – Friedrichshafen Tuesday, Saturday 18 December 2021 19.99 EUR / 1229 MKD

* One-way price, including administration fee. One carry-on bag (max: 40x30x20cm) is included. Trolley bag and each piece of checked-in baggage is subject to additional fees. The price applies only to bookings made on wizzair.com and the WIZZ mobile app. Number of seats at indicated prices are limited.

The carrier is also adding new routes from Plovdiv.

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXA (msn 6848) CFU (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 954825.

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Finnair adds frequencies and routes to its network, with long-haul routes beginning in July

Finnair Airbus A321-231 WL OH-LZH (msn 5803) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 950083.

Finnair has made this announcement:

From July, Finnair will gradually add frequencies and routes back to its network. Finnair will review its schedule on a monthly basis and will update it as travel restrictions are removed and demand starts to recover.

”We expect aviation to recover gradually, starting in July”, says Finnair Chief Commercial Officer Ole Orvér. ”Our intention is to operate approximately 30% of our normal amount of flights in July, and we will also start long-haul flights to our key Asian destinations. We will then add routes and frequencies month by month as demand recovers.”

Finnair will flexibly add flights as demand develops. The flight schedule will also take into account the changes in travel restrictions in different countries.

Long-haul operations start from Asia

Finnair’s long-haul operations will commence in phases from July, with strong focus on Asia, which is strategically important for Finnair. Finnair will fly to Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai in Greater China (subject to government approval); to Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo Narita in Japan; and to Singapore, Seoul and Bangkok. Long-haul operations are supported by the cargo demand. In August, Finnair will start flights to Delhi and to New York, and in November to Tokyo Haneda airport. Finnair also has flights to Miami, Krabi and Phuket during the winter holiday season.

European operations serve key cities

On European routes, Finnair will first focus on key centres, and will in July fly to Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Geneva, Hamburg, London, Malaga, Manchester,  Moscow, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Riga, Tallinn, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Vilnius, Vienna and Zürich. In August Finnair will start flights to Barcelona, Milan, Madrid, Rome and Warsaw. During the summer holiday season Finnair will also operate individual flights to some of the holiday destinations in Southern Europe.

Domestic flying maintains key air connections

In July, Finnair will operate six domestic routes in Finland, flying to Kuopio, Mariehamn, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Turku and Vaasa. In August Finnair will start flying to Ivalo and Kittilä in the Finnish Lapland, and in September operations start to Kuusamo and Tampere. Finnair will not operate to Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kemi or Kokkola during summer 2020. Decisions for these five destinations for winter 2020/2021 will be made later on, when there is more visibility to how the demand develops.

Flexibility for customers

Since March, Finnair has offered its customers extraordinary flexibility to change travel dates, and this continues. Customers can change their travel dates for all flights bought from Finnair’s own channels between 1 April and 30 June 2020 flexibly and travel within the ticket validity.

As Finnair publishes its flying schedule from July 2020 to end of March 2021, it is also cancelling those flights that will not be operating. Finnair will handle flight cancellations in phases, and customers will be contacted by the end of June about any cancelled flights they were booked onto.

A list of routes that Finnair will not operate during summer 2020 and winter 2020/2021 at all is available on Finnair’s Travel updates page.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A321-231 WL OH-LZH (msn 5803) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 950083.

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American introduces a “Stand Up to Cancer” Airbus A321

American's 2019 "Stand Up To Cancer" logo jet

American Airlines made this announcement:

September 20, 2019 marks the inaugural flight of the American Airlines official Stand Up To Cancer Airbus A321 (N162AA) that features 22,627 names of cancer survivors, patients and those we have lost to cancer. Names were submitted by the public throughout the month of July, all of whom donated $25 or more to have their loved one’s name added to the plane, resulting in more than $825,000 for cancer research.

Names include Patrick Swayze, a pilot himself, who was added to the plane by his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi Swayze. Among the names is also Tug McGraw, added by his son Tim McGraw, who lent his talent to promote the fundraising campaign in this year’s public service announcement.

To mark the inaugural flight of the freshly painted aircraft, American will whisk away a group of cancer survivors and caregivers from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Orlando International Airport (MCO). Upon arrival at LAX, guests will be welcomed by the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders and mascot Rampage, and, while in flight, will be treated to entertainment by Big Machine recording artist Noah Schnackyand comedian Marina Franklin.

The volunteer flight crew for the inaugural flight all have a connection to cancer. One of the pilots will be American Airlines First Officer Brandon Bailey, who appeared in the Stand Up To Cancer PSA alongside Tim McGraw. Bailey Stands Up for his mother, Machelle, who faced cancer while Brandon was deployed to Afghanistan.

In Orlando, Hyatt will treat participants to weekend festivities by providing guestrooms and hotel experiences for the weekend at Hyatt Regency Orlando. Universal Orlando Resort will host guests to a day at the park and special VIP treatment.

This is the latest phase of American’s multiyear campaign with Stand Up To Cancer. The collaboration has raised more than $8 million for Stand Up To Cancer to help fund collaborative cancer research.

“It’s our company’s mission to care for people on life’s journey,” said Janelle Anderson, Vice President of Marketing at American. “When your family is facing cancer, it can be impossible to get away to focus on recharging and renewing your spirit. This weekend, American Airlines, Hyatt and Universal Orlando Resort joined forces to support Stand Up To Cancer and families affected by cancer to give them a much-needed weekend away.”

“Through this special collaboration, we’ve had the opportunity to deliver on Hyatt’s purpose to care for people so they can be their best,” said Steven Dominguez, Vice President of Global Brands at Hyatt. “We are excited to warmly welcome these VIP guests to Hyatt Regency Orlando and offer a stress-free stay that focuses on their comfort and well-being. This weekend is about celebrating and honoring families affected by cancer, and, alongside our friends at American Airlines and Stand Up To Cancer, we look forward to helping guests recharge and reconnect with one another.”

American’s official Stand Up To Cancer plane was unveiled to American Airlines team members at the company’s Base Maintenance facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, yesterday. Over three days, Tech Ops – Tulsa team members carefully added 22,627 names to the aircraft exterior.

Once complete, the plane was ferried from Tulsa to LA for the inaugural flight. After the weekend concludes, the American Airlines’ official Stand Up To Cancer aircraft will re-enter American’s fleet.

“We are so honored by the tremendous number of people who participated in this innovative campaign to honor their loved ones and stand up to cancer,” said Rusty Robertson, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “American Airlines continues to be an incredible supporter of Stand Up To Cancer, and we’re delighted that some of these amazing families will have the special opportunity to take this inaugural flight. Their incredible courage and indomitable spirit lift and inspire all of us.” Robertson added, “The critical dollars raised by this incredible campaign will help expand our mission to accelerate the pace of cutting-edge research and innovative cancer treatments to save lives now.”

Beginning today, donors who participated in this year’s campaign can visit a microsite to see the location of their submitted names on the plane.

Flight Attendant Dana Biegel honored her late husband, Capt. John Biegel, by adding his name to the official SU2C A321. See the moment she sees his name on the aircraft in her American Story.

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by media and entertainment leaders who utilize these communities’ resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, to increase awareness about cancer prevention, and to highlight progress being made in the fight against the disease. As of June 2019, more than 1,600 scientists representing more than 180 institutions are involved in SU2C-funded research projects.

Under the direction of our Scientific Advisory Committee, led by Nobel laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., SU2C operates rigorous competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and ensure collaboration across research programs.

Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Kathleen Lobb, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, and Ellen Ziffren. The late Laura Ziskin and the late Noreen Fraser are also co-founders. Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., serves as SU2C’s president and CEO. For more information, visit www.StandUpToCancer.org.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by American): American Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N162AA (msn 6621) PHL (Stand Up To Cancer) PHL (Tony Storck). Image: 947693.

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Wizz Air to add two new routes from Southend and one from Luton

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LTC (msn 8295) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946808.

Wizz Air has announced that from November, we will offer flights from London Southend to the popular Eastern European destinations of Bucharest in Romania and Vilnius in Lithuania plus a new service from London Luton to Castellon in Spain.

The new Southend services will operate starting from November 23, 2019 and the London – Castellon route commences on December 9, 2019.

Additionally the carrier has also announced it is adding two more Airbus A321 aircraft to the Vienna base, enabling the start of six new long-awaited services from Vienna to Athens, Castellon, Cologne, London-Luton, Prishtina and Tirana, and the increase of frequencies of our existing Lisbon and Tel Aviv routes.


The seventh aircraft joins the Vienna fleet on December 18, 2019 from when our Athens, Cologne, Prishtina and Tirana routes kick off and the eighth aircraft arrives on July 1, 2020 which marks the start of our Castellon and London services.

Finally Wizz Air has also announced the start of two new routes from Kutaisi to Bologna in Italy and Cologne (Köln) in Germany.

The route to Bologna starts on November 23, 2019 and to Cologne from July 1, 2020.

The airline has also announced the previously announced Kutaisi-Nice service to start on December 12, 2019 and to increase the frequency of the Kutaisi-Milan route to four services per week.

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LTC (msn 8295) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946808.

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Wizz Air expands in Vienna with a sixth aircraft

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXR (msn 7647) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946626.

Wizz Air has announced the allocation of a sixth aircraft to its Vienna base. The new Airbus A321 will join the fleet in the middle of December, enabling the start of six new long-awaited services from Vienna to Alicante, Bremen, Chisinau, Naples, Oslo and Porto and the increase of frequencies of the airline’s existing Eindhoven and Tel Aviv routes.

Wizz opened its Austrian base in Vienna International Airport in June 2018 and after only one year of successful operations, the airline announced further expansion, growing its fleet to six Airbus aircraft. Together with these six new services Wizz Air now offers 38 routes to 23 countries from Vienna.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM VIENNA

New routes Frequency Start date Fares from*
Chisinau Monday, Friday 28 October 2019 EUR 19.99
Oslo Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 16 December 2019 EUR 19.99/ 209 NOK
Alicante Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 17 December 2019 EUR 19.99
Bremen Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 17 December 2019 EUR 14.99
Naples Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 17 December 2019 EUR 19.99
Porto Wednesday, Sunday 18 December 2019 EUR 19.99

Wizz Air celebrated its 15th anniversary in May.

In other news, Wizz Air will become the biggest airline at London Luton Airport this summer.

The carrier will also add a new route from Vilnius – to Eilat in Israel.

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXR (msn 7647) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946626.

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